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Suzanne

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  • Sick Puppy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    When Palmer Stoat notices the black pickup truck following him on the highway, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not sport-utility vehicles, on his mind. Idealistic, independently wealthy, and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements - such as torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks - that leave his human targets shaken but re-educated.

    Herv J. Peairs says: "Therapy for green folk"
    "Wonderful!"
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    I really enjoyed this. I took a chance on it based on the reviews, and was glad I did. Although probably part of the last third could have been eliminated (it got a little long and bogged down before the climax) the ending was worth it. The ending was absolutely hysterical, and a great pay-off.

    The title, 'Sick Puppy', was great, in that the story did indeed have an actual sick canine, but the same title could have applied to many characters in the book. Great story!

    Roland Dahl for adults.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • By the Sword: Repairman Jack #12

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Jack is hired to find a legendary Japanese sword, a katana stolen from the Hiroshima Peace Museum and brought to New York City. Central characters include the members of a weird Japanese cult, a young Japanese businessman (who is the brother of a character killed in Legacies) and his three Yakuza bodyguards, plus Hank Thompson, the Kicker cult leader from Bloodline. The cult, the businessman, the Yakuza, and the Kickers are looking for the sword as well.

    Terry says: "Not up to par"
    "Deep into the series"
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    I'm now deep into the Repairman Jack series, and I'm more enthralled with each successive book. I've listened to twelve books straight through and moving onto the next. Usually I burn out after a couple, and move onto something else for awhile, then come back. Not this series!

    I like the characters. They are well drawn, and very complete as people. Jack himself is very true to himself, and although his code is not to everybody's comprehension, he is very consistent within it.

    The overall story arc is well planned, and each book covers one particular aspect. This one deals with a sword from the first Age.

    All of the books are uniformly excellent, and I know when I finish the series, I'm going to be sorry to see it end.

    I highly recommend the series. I can't say enough good things about it. The writing style, the plotting and pacing, the characters, all show the results of a mature writer, and that plus a very good narrator, give we, the listeners, an unparalleled experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Didymus Contingency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (421)

    If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go? When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game.

    Wesley says: "Not what I expected at all."
    "A great romp through time"
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    I really enjoyed this book, and I wasn't sure that I would. First, it is so completely different from the Chess Team books, and his other action/adventure novels. Second, although a Christian, I avoid Christian fiction like the plague. I don't like being preached to, and usually the stories are sappy and self righteous.

    Instead this was a terrific story, lots of action/adventure in it, and the least sanctimonious, most human Jesus I've ever seen. Full of humor and lots of twists and turns, I had no idea where it would come out in the end. Was Jesus the son of God, or not?

    I won't spoil the story, suffice to say it was a great romp through time. I didn't want it to end, but there really is no way there could be a sequel. The story was well thought out, well written, and clearly said everything the author wanted to say on the subject. Not only that, he said it well.

    The one concern I had, was how he would handle the crucifixion and the lead up to it. I had no need to worry. Robinson did not dwell on that horror, and essentially chose to pass the trial and the execution by. I was very grateful for that.

    So, I would highly recommend this book, regardless of your religious affiliation. It's a just plain terrific story, done well, very funny in places, and overall, highly enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Riptide

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1878)
    Performance
    (1174)
    Story
    (1169)

    A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

    Allan says: "very cinematic. high tech meets pirate treasure."
    "Great Book!"
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    This one hits it all. Great plot, characters and writing. You won't want to put it down. Still one of my all time favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Utopia

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (425)

    Rising out of the Nevada canyons, Utopia is a theme park so technologically advanced as to be awe-inspiring. But serious mishaps are starting to cause concern, and things turn from bad to worse when a group of mercenaries infiltrates the park's computerized infrastructure, holding the entire park hostage. The engineer who designed the park now must find a way to save it.

    Patti says: "Utopia (unabridged)"
    "One of my all time favorites"
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    This is one of my all time favorite stories. I've listened to it several times, and each time I get something new from it. It's got everything: A great plot, evil bad guy, smart characters, and an amazingly thought out setting. AND it's very well written. Highly, highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Switch: Tucker Wayne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Rollins, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (421)

    The mission seems simple enough: Extract a pharmaceutical magnate from Russian soil. But nothing is as it appears to be. A desperate call thrusts Captain Tucker Wayne and his stalwart military dog, Kane, into a frantic race to rescue the brilliant-but-deluded Abram Bukolov from a cadre of skilled assassins. Hunted and betrayed at every turn, Tucker and Kane must discover the truth behind a horror out of the ancient past that can be weaponized to terrorize the modern world. As time rapidly runs out, the deep and intimate bond between dog and soldier will be tested to the extreme.

    Lawrence says: "A good start to a series"
    "A lot better than I expected!"
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    I resisted this for quite awhile, for, thought I love James Rollins, I really wasn't sure I was ready for one of his books with a dog for a main character. The introduction of Tucker Wayne and Kaine into the Sigma Force in an earlier books was well done, but I felt they took over too much of the story, so I wasn't sure I wanted to read this.

    However, this was terrific! Tucker became a fleshed out character in his own right, not a cardboard foil for Kaine. All in all, it was a terrific story that stood out on it's, well thought out, plotted and beautifully written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptid: The Lost Legacy of Lewis & Clark

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Eric Penz
    • Narrated By Sean Schroeder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Something haunts the woods of Olympic National Park, a nightmare in hiding. Its existence has been kept secret by a conspiracy that stretches back to President Thomas Jefferson and the Lewis & Clark expedition. The truth that we have not been alone on this Earth would have forever been lost except that some species just won't die.

    Suzanne says: "Interesting, action packed, but . . . ."
    "Interesting, action packed, but . . . ."
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    I love a good, creepy, adventure yarn in the spirit of James Rollins or David Golemon, and I really thought I'd found one here. And the premise is wonderful, and the story is well laid out and moves right along.

    But . . . there is way too much expounding and lecturing in between the action sequences. It almost reaches the point of preaching about endangered species, government and the like. If it were a printed book, I'd be skipping those sections. They get old after the second time you've heard them. By the fifth, I'm done with them.

    In addition, the author tells us 'about' what is happening, rather than writing the scene. And the hyperbole gets almost laughable by the end. He also uses the same expressions over and over. For example, the puppet master who manipulates the marionette strings behind the shadows of the stage, is fine the first time (if maybe a little over the top), but by the third time it's repeated, I'm ready to move on. I get it, all right?

    And where one descriptive word would do, the author seems to think 10 would be better. For example ,the phrase 'she was lovely' would, in Penz's world, be 'She was as lovely as the sun through the fragrant pine needles on a summer's day casting dancing shadows on the bright grass'. (I kid you not). It gets pretty laughable at times.

    In addition, the author's foreshadowing is about as subtle as a sledge hammer. It's inappropriate, and adds a jarring note throughout. He made his point with describing the Cryptid. He doesn't need to go into the more personal attributes of his characters. It tends to be rather grating, and doesn't fit with the flow of his narrative. He needs to trust his readers to 'get it' without beating them over the head!

    Overall, the plot and story are great, and the pieces hold together well. If the author could cut about three hours of redundant posturing and over-the-top language out of the story, he'd have a winner. I hope to see better things of this author as he matures as a writer. So ultimately, worth listening too, but won't listen to it again.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Scott Brick
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of - a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton.

    Cecil says: "What a sleeper - I could not finish it"
    "An okay book"
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    I want to like this book more than I did. It was very well written, and the imagery was stunning. But it was trying to be more than it should. The main story was a great action / adventure, and was terrifically done. But it was also trying to be a story of a woman discovering herself, and it didn't do this very well.

    Frankly I had a hard time reconciling Eve as the woman at the beginning of the book, with the strong woman who bested the top terrorist. Yes, suspension of belief is necessary for something like this, but this was a bit over the top.

    And although the imagery and writing style were beautiful, they really didn't work with the violence and action taking place in the story.

    Although the book was interesting, it's the second of this author that I've tried, and I probably won't try another.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under a Graveyard Sky: Black Tide Rising, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (691)

    Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines. When an airborne "zombie" plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia, and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.

    Aerindel says: "Interesting beginning that goes nowhere."
    "Got really old, really fast"
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    I made it through only part of this. It was interesting, with a great premise, and a great start. Then, two problems became very clear.

    First, the author tried to do too much. He was not only detailing the Zombie 'virus', the science behind it, AND get into the personalities and characters of too many people. And generally, he didn't do any of it well.

    Secondly, the characters were cartoon, cardboard cutouts of people. They were all too 'quippy'. A 13 year old, mercenary wanna-be, named Faith, of all things, who could handle weapons better than the boys, was cute at first, then just got annoying. That was one example.

    I made it through the first half. Not quite sure what the author planned to accomplish in the second half, much less the next book. So, essentially, very little plot except 'shoot em up Zombies'. After 7.5 hours, I still had absolutely no idea where he was trying to go with this.

    I love satire and farce as much as the next person, but this just got really, really old. My recommendation? Don't bother!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1497)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (942)

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "Slow start, great ending"
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    This is a long book, in a very, very long series. I almost didn't continue after the first couple of chapters, but I'm glad I did. It grew on me. The slow beginning is necessary in order to set up the Safehold world. I enjoyed the story as it began to grow, and introduce the plot.

    It's a slow moving book, with a lot of moving parts to keep track of, but it is mesmerizing, with a lot of detail. I did get a bit tired of the technical aspects of weapons and trooper movements, but overall, the characters are likable (or hate-able, as the case may be), and very clear which are heroes, and which are villians.

    Definitely worth finishing!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Origin: A Technothriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (487)

    When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he’s been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn’t just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth.

    Christopher says: "what a trip"
    "Interesting and different"
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    A very unique story. Even at the end, we are never certain exactly what Bub is, but we do know he doesn't bode well for this world. There was real subtly in the plot, and I was kept guessing. I liked the writing, and the way this was approached.

    That said, I almost quit midway and returned this, as the violence ended up being gross and disturbing. The description by the author was almost gleeful as he was clearly trying to upset the reader. Not normally squeamish, this was more than I needed, and certainly was not helpful to the story.

    The plot on it's own was more than enough. The overkill on the violence almost ruined the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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